And just like that the football season was over. The Poughkeepsie Pioneers finally achieved what they set out to do for so many years and won the section championship. The excitement ended the following week with a lost to Cornwall in the first round of State Championships.
It was now time for the dreaded off-season. Most of the players look at the off-season as just an unnecessary wait to the regular season. This year was a little different. The players going into their Senior season looked forward to this off-season. They had the taste of success in their mouths and they craved for more. Just winning the section championship was not good enough no more. Coaches knew that and the players understood it. THe problem was like every other year, Seniors were graduating. It was the Juniors turn to take over the program and in order to do that this off season was crucial.
I was among those Juniors and I understood it just if not more that this year as important. I wasn’t big on the leadership part; I left that to my friend Dan. It was a given that he was going to be one of the captains for Senior year. I was just focusing on making myself better. My entire Junior year was on the pine. Not because of skills, but because of health. My Junior year was plagued by injury and I had to nurse myself back to good health with rest and physical therapy. We won, but I felt like I contributed nothing to the team. I was just a spectator to my friends, my brotherhood, putting their bodies on the line every week. It frustrated me more than anything and I promised myself I would work everyday to get back on the field.
Actually, we have been in the off season for about a two months now. It was already late February headed in to March. The first segment of the off season workout itinerary has already been completed. We we’re nearing the end of the second session. The end of a session only meant one thing: weight room test.
Weight room testing is almost, if not the most important thing amongst players during the off season. On an ordinary day of weight room the intensity is pretty high. On a day of testing the intensity is ten times that. Everyone wants to put up big numbers and make platinum. If you put up big numbers then the coaches know you’ve been working hard during the days leading up to test and if the coaches are impressed that means a possible starting spot on the team.
I wasn’t worried about the starting spot, at least not yet.
I knew i was going to be a back up because of my injury. I still wanted to put up good numbers like everyone else to prove I was at one hundred percent. Worrying about a starting position had to wait for right now.
The first test that we did in January only consist of squat and bench press. I put up small numbers because that’s what you suppose to do on the first test so you can improve throughout the year. We already completed squat and bench press of this weeks weight room testing. I did okay, but still not near where I was...